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Lewis and Clark Expedition

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FC: The Lewis and Clark Expedition | By Lexi Dellavia and Becca Johnson

1: The primary goal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition was to explore the newly acquired territory in the West. According to President Jefferson, the purpose of this expedition was to find the Northwest Passage, explore the Missouri River, to access the natural resources in the Northwest and to befriend the inhabitants. | WHY?

2: Lewis and Clark discovered information about the biological sciences and the ecology and ethnic studies of the American Indians. | Accomplishments: | However, Lewis and Clark did not find all water routes to the Pacific Ocean. | Lewis and Clark also mapped the geography of the Northwest, as well as achieving friendlier relations with the natives.

3: Precisely drawn maps like the one above helped define the boundaries of the US.

4: Long-tailed weasel | Northern raccoon | Animals Discovered: | Although only a few are shown here, Lewis and Clark discovered 122 new species of animals throughout their journey. | American raven

5: Pronghorn antelope | More animals discovered... | "I saw Several goats on the hills on the S. S. also Buffalow in great numbers." | These "goats" were actually pronghorn antelope, pictured above. | September 06, 1804 William Clark:

6: Orange honeysuckle | Prairie rose | Owl's clover | Plants Discovered: | Once again, although only a few are shown, a total of 178 plants were discovered on the expedition.

7: More Plants Discovered... | "the bark of the stem is thick strong and appears as if it would make excellent flax." | July 18, 1805 Meriwether Lewis: | Golden yarrow | Buckbrush | Lewis' Blue Flax

8: Although Lewis and Clark proved to be very successful, they encountered hardships just like anyone else. All men on this expedition faced freezing temperatures, heavy rainfall, and fatal sickness like dysentery, dehydration, and the flu. Storms were sudden and wild animals could be dangerous. They risked their lives everyday. | OBSTACLES

9: July 17, 1804 William Clark: "... Several of the party much inflicted with tumers of different kinds, Some of which is verry troublesom, and dificcelt to cure..." December 11, 1804 Meriwether Lewis: "The Termometer at 4 oClock A M. at 21 c. below 0 ...the Sun Shows and reflects two imigies, the ice floating in the atmospear being So thick that the appearance is like a fog Despurceing."

10: Native Americans Relations | Cheyenne Indians | Pawnee Indians | Lewis and Clark encountered nearly fifty different Native American tribes. The Native Americans were very helpful to them, particularly in the geographical sense because they knew the area well.

11: Shoshone Indians | August 14. 1805 Meriwether Lewis: "I now prevailed on the [Shoshone] Chief to instruct me with rispect to the geography of his country. this he undertook very cheerfully, by delineating the rivers on the ground."

12: A Helping Hand | One of the reasons Lewis and Clark were so successful with the Native Americans was because they traveled with a woman named Sacagawea, who acted as their guide throughout the northwest.

13: May 16, 1806 William Clark: "The men who were complaining of the head ake and cholick yesterday and last night are much better to day. Shabonos Squar [Sacagawea] gathered a quantity of fenel roots which we find very paliatiable and nurushing food." | Because Sacagawea was familiar with the area, she was able to help the Corps in many ways, such as finding fresh food.

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